Ocean.org: Seismic Blasting Educational Forums in Sept. and Oct. on East Coast

The oil and gas industry is working to turn an area off the East Coast, twice the size of California, into a blast zone – potentially killing or injuring more than 138,000 dolphins and whales, threatening the health of regional fisheries and risking the jobs of more than 200,000 people.
The Obama Administration will soon decide whether to allow oil companies to take the first step in expanding offshore drilling to the East Coast by permitting a controversial method of deep-water oil & gas exploration known as seismic airgun testing.
Join Oceana, Clean Ocean Action, Sandy Hook Sea Life Foundation, and Sierra Club New Jersey for an educational forum on September 16 (6-8pm) at Monmouth University: learn more about how this destructive practice will affect our oceans and what you can do to stop it.
Headlining the event will be Congressman Frank Pallone (NJ-06), who will kick off the forum with introductory remarks.  Oceana’s ocean advocate, Nancy Sopko, and Clean Ocean Action’s Executive Director, Cindy Zipf, will be speaking on the expert panel, as well as Dr. Jessica Coakley from the Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council, and other professionals in the fields of marine mammal acoustics and fisheries management.
If you or someone you know is interested in speaking on the panel, particularly in regard to potential marine mammal impacts, please contact Nancy Pyne, Oceana’s National Climate & Energy Campaign Organizer- npyne@oceana.org.
Together we can prevent seismic blasting, save 138,000 dolphins and whales and stop East Coast drilling before it starts. See you on Monday, 9/16!
Nancy Sopko
Ocean Advocate
OCEANA | Protecting the World’s Oceans
1350 Connecticut Ave. NW, 5th Floor | Washington, DC 20036 USA
Oceana is holding a series of events and educational forums up and down the East Coast in September and October to raise awareness of the dangers of the proposed seismic airgun testing in the Atlantic.  As promised, here is a list of the events we’ve confirmed so far.  Please distribute this list far and wide so that we can maximize attendance at these events and forums.
9/16/2013            6pm – 8pm                          West Long Branch, New Jersey  Monmouth University (Young Auditorium, Mollie Bey Hall)
9/19/2013            7pm – 9pm                          Virginia Beach, VA                           Virginia Aquarium
9/19/2013            12:30pm – 1:30pm            Silver Spring, MD                              Veteran’s Plaza
9/21/2013            1pm – 2pm                          Washington, DC                                Eastern Market (by the Metro)
9/24/2013            6pm – 8pm                          Fort Fisher, NC                                  North Carolina Aquarium
9/25/2013            6pm – 8pm                          Charleston, SC                                   College of Charleston
9/26/2013            6pm – 8pm                          Savannah, GA                                    Savannah State University
9/30/2013            6pm – 8:30pm                   Jacksonville, FL                                  University of North Florida
10/3/2013            7pm – 9pm                          Miami, FL                                             University of Miami – RSMAS campus
10/15/2013         7pm – 9pm                          Fairfax, VA                                          George Mason University (Fairfax)
10/16/2013         6pm – 8pm                          Newark, Delaware                          University of Delaware or Dupont Environmental Education Center in Wilmington
If you would like to participate in any of these upcoming events, please contact our national organizer Nancy Pyne (npyne@oceana.org).
Nancy Sopko
Ocean Advocate
OCEANA | Protecting the World’s Oceans
1350 Connecticut Ave. NW, 5th Floor | Washington, DC 20036 USA
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